Maximilian's Mausoleum : Michelin's recommendations
Maximilian I decided to have this splendid funerary monument built in Innsbruck, where he liked to stay, in order to mark the glorious reign during which, it has to be said, he turned his family into one of Europe's greatest dynasties. In true Renaissance spirit, this emperor took the liberty of providing his family with a lineage dating back to great mythical or real Medieval knights, as well as to Ancient Roman emperors. The planned number of sculptures accompanying the mausoleum was so ambitious that work carried on well after his death, in 1519, under Ferdinand I, his grandson, then Ferdinand II, Governor of Tyrol. It stopped in 1584, without ever being fully completed. But, it is undoubtedly the most important specimen of German Renaissance sculpture, as well as an extraordinary example of 16 th-century costumes. 28 bronze larger-than-life-size statues (except for two in copper), of the "black fellows" as local inhabitants call them, silently guard the empty tomb, as " Max " is, in fact, buried at Wiener Neustadt. They represent his real or make-believe ancestors, like King Arthur and Theodoric, cast according to Dürer's drawings. A splendid grille surrounds the tomb, surmounted by the kneeling statue of the Emperor and supported at the four corners by effigies of the cardinal virtues, as well as lively marble bas-reliefs depicting great events of the reign. In the church, the Mausoleum plan is completed by 23 statuettes of the protecting saints of the Habsburgs placed above the pulpit and opposite busts of Roman emperors.
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